Darrell Wilson, who spent 13 years in the Big Ten previously (11 at Iowa, two at Wisconsin), is in his second season as the defensive secondary coach at Rutgers. He served as the running backs coach for the Scarlet Knights in 1999.
In 2013, Wilson helped develop a unit that saw five freshmen start at cornerback.
Wilson coached the secondary for the Hawkeyes in 2012, while assisting with special teams. He worked with all the linebacker positions and special teams for the four seasons prior after working with special teams and outside linebackers in his first six seasons in Iowa City. He was named by Rivals.com in Feb. 2011 as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation, primarily recruiting New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Iowa won 89 games during his tenure, with 52 Big Ten victories. The program participated in 10 bowl games since 2001 with six taking place in January. The Hawkeyes finished ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in his 11 seasons.
Iowa ranked among national leaders in interceptions in under Wilson’s watch. The Hawkeyes collected 10 interceptions in 2012, returning two of those for touchdowns. Cornerback Micah Hyde was honored with the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award, presented by the Big Ten, while earning First Team All-Big Ten honors.
In 2010, the Hawkeyes ranked fifth in the nation in total defense (332.1), sixth in rushing defense (101.5) and seventh in scoring defense (17.0). Iowa also tied for seventh in turnover margin (+13) and 11th in interceptions (19). True freshman James Morris earned Freshman All-America honors at middle linebacker. Iowa’s special teams ranked sixth nationally in punt coverage (3.9) and 12th in kickoff returns (25.3).
Wilson joined the Iowa staff after serving as outside linebacker coach and special teams coordinator at Wisconsin for two years (2000-01). One of his star players at Wisconsin was punter Kevin Stemke, winner of the 2000 Ray Guy Punter of the Year Award.
He also coached running backs at Rutgers (1999) and the secondary and wide receivers at Rhode Island (1996-98).
Before his collegiate coaching career began, he compiled a 65-18 record as head coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. (1988-95). His Wilson teams won five conference championships and four times advanced to the South Jersey Group 3 state finals. Along with the outstanding success of his teams on the football field, Wilson was named Camden’s “Citizen of the Year” by the Rotary Club in 1992.
A former honorable mention Division I-AA All-America defensive back for Connecticut (1976-80), Wilson was named to the Huskies’ 100th anniversary all-time team in 1998. He played one year with the New England Patriots (1981) and five seasons (1982-86) with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. He was a member of the 1983 squad that won the CFL’s Grey Cup.
Wilson graduated from Connecticut (1981) with a B.A. in sociology.
He and his wife, Monica, have four daughters, Brianna, Kayla, Kiana and Jehlani.
THE WILSON FILE
Hometown: Pennsauken, N.J.
Alma Mater: UConn, 1981
Children: Brianna, Kayla, Kiana, Jehlani
2013-present: Defensive Backs
2012: Defensive backs/Special Teams
2008-11: Linebackers/Special Teams
2002-07: Outside Linebackers/Special Teams
2000-01: Outside Linebackers/Special Teams
1999: Running Backs
1996-98: Defensive Backs/Wide Receivers
Woodrow Wilson (N.J.) High School
1988-1995: Head Coach
An honorable mention Division I-AA All-America defensive back for Connecticut (1976-80), also playing one season for the New England Patriots (1981) and five with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts (1982-86).